(noun) Any condition or practice that involves romantic or sexual relationships with multiple consenting partners.


  • Open marriage
  • Quinn, Alex, Elliot, and Tracy are in a group marriage and have sexual relations with each other one-on-one or as a group.

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Usage Notes:

  • Polyamory used in a  sentence: My partner and I are in an open relationship and enjoy polyamory.
  • A (noun) polyamorist engages in a (adjective) polyamorous or (adjective) polyamoristic marriage.

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Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).


How to Cite the Definition of Polyamory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyamory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 18, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

polyamory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polyamory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 18, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“polyamory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jul. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/polyamory/>.